Aling Bebang Goes To The Movies
What was the last filipino movie you saw? or Have you ever seen a Filipino flick?
What was the last Hollywood flick you saw?
I have always wondered why we Filipinos would rather watch Hollywood films rather than our own. The same inquiry has been posted in almost all venues of dicussion on the internet; forums, mailing lists and even the private exchange of emails. Has the Filipino cinema culture been so invaded by Hollywood that we would rather spend at least an hour in a queue to watch a premiere than to comfortably walk in to the theatre and watch a Filipino flick?
Then again, we just might be sick of “kontra-bidas” wearing jackets, no matter how hot it is; action stars, their sidekicks and their leading ladies suddenly bursting into a musical number and immediately having dancers who were just “accidentally” in the same beach ; of course, we all know that side kicks will eventually die in an action movie and the lead action star will take revenge; the rich young guy whose parents are against the notion of him falling in love with a provincial woman or vice-versa. Yes. These are the movies that sell. These are the movies that Aling Bebang would watch.
Aling Bebang represents almost 80 percent of all filipino movie-goers, she is the measuring stick of all big studio productions for success. If Aling Bebang goes to this movie, it is guaranteed to be a box office hit. Aling Bebang, the laundy woman, the market vendor, the street cleaner, the housewife. Aling Bebang, part of the “jologs” crowd.
But when are we going to treat Aling Bebang to a good movie?
The only reason why Aling Bebang chooses these types of movies is because these are the only types of movies that we make. These types of movies make money. But do not fret, as help is on the way in the form of independent Filipino movies.
Revolutionary filmmakers such as Khavn Dela Cruz, Lav Diaz, Sigfried Barros-Sanchez, Rox Lee and Peque Gallaga in Luzon, SineBuano in Cebu, Alchemy of Vision and Light in Davao, have been trying to treat Aling Bebang to good movies. Thought provoking, inspiring and refreshing movies that will make you finally realize the worth of your movie ticket. It’s about time.